Rwanda has commenced celebrations of the World Environment Day. The country is hosting a range of environment activities to involve communities in the fight against climate change and to build climate resilience. Two key events taking place are the Clean Air Walk and the launch of the fourth State of Environment and Outlook Report.
The celebration of World Environment Day comes after a week of conservation activities that took place across the country which included a special Umuganda with tree planting, dosage http://clearlakefestival.ca/wp-includes/rss-functions.php public lectures, diagnosis http://csnn.ca/wp-includes/class-wp-http-ixr-client.php visits to Green Villages and a campaign on the use of environment friendly packaging and bags.
The 2015 State of Environment and Outlook Report compiles the country’s achievements in the environment sector over the past two years. It reports on the commitments Rwanda has made to promote sustainability across all sectors including agriculture, this site forestry, water resources, mining and activities that conserve the environment.
“The fourth edition of the report is unique in that it provides an in depth analysis of a specific sector key to Rwanda’s sustainable economic development: agriculture. The 2015 report is themed ‘Greening agriculture with resource efficient, low carbon and climate resilient practices” and elaborates the agriculture/green economy nexus in Rwanda’s environment and economic context,” said Eng. Coletha Ruhamya, Acting Director General of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority.
The Minister of Natural Resources, Vincent Biruta, and the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Gerardine Mukeshimana, launched the report at an event in Kigali on Friday morning.
A Clean Air Walk was later in the afternoon held as part of the campaign to improve air quality by testing vehicle emissions. Rwandans and all those living in Rwanda were invited to join the Clean Air Walk that began at 2:30pm at the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) offices in Kacyiru and ended at the Rwanda National Police Motor Vehicle Inspection Centre in Remera.
The walk was organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources in partnership with REMA, the Rwanda National Police and Motor Vehicle Transport Cooperatives. Participants of the walk were briefed about regulatory initiatives to ensure clean air and strategies to lower greenhouse and toxic gas emissions in Rwanda. The walk also included a demonstration of efforts to mitigate vehicle emissions through tests. Over the last five months, 1,507 of 42,580 vehicles tested did not meet acceptable emissions standards.
For more than a decade, Rwanda has placed the environment at the centre of the country’s socio-economic transformation. These efforts have resulted in a strong institutional and policy framework, allowing the country to develop in a way that is clean and green and that builds resilience to climate change.